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ADL chief’s attack on left-leaning organizations criticized as dangerous

By Yonat Shimron — May 3, 2022
(RNS) — The speech by ADL chief Jonathan Greenblatt signaled a new, more combative focus on what he called anti-Zionist extremists.
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Anglican Church of Canada blunders stoke calls for general secretary to resign

By Kathryn Post — March 30, 2022
(RNS) — “The ACC absolutely has the capacity to respond in an appropriate way, but it has made deliberate and calculated choices not to," a survivor said.

Earliest mention of ‘Yahweh’ found in archaeological dump

By Jerry Pattengale — March 26, 2022
(RNS) — The artifact, less than 1 inch in length and width, and known as a curse tablet, may spur renewed debate on the dating of biblical events, especially those told in the Book of Exodus.

US Jews furiously raise money, send delegations to help Ukraine

By Yonat Shimron — March 12, 2022
(RNS) — Thousands, if not millions, of American Jews can trace their ancestors back to Ukraine and feel a special connection to the place, even if it brings up a complicated past.

Samaritan’s Purse, Israelis will treat wounded Ukrainians in Lviv field hospitals

By Yonat Shimron — March 7, 2022
(RNS) — Medical personnel will begin treating wounded Ukrainians at a clinic outside Lviv’s train station on Tuesday. The underground field hospital is expected to open Wednesday.

A strike near Babyn Yar; but this time Jewish acceptance in Ukraine is growing

By Yonat Shimron — March 2, 2022
(RNS) — For many Jews, Ukraine brings up memories of pogroms, antisemitism and Nazi collaboration. But Jewish life in Ukraine is no longer what it was.

US Jewish movements ‘outraged’ by Israeli PM’s decision to quash Western Wall deal

By Yonat Shimron — January 31, 2022
(RNS) — The prime minister said members of his right-wing Yamina Party opposed the plan, which would expand the current mixed-gender section of the Western Wall and create a joint management committee with leaders of the Conservative and Reform movements.

Was Mary Magdalene really from Magdala? Two scholars examine the evidence

By Yonat Shimron — January 7, 2022
(RNS) — The two scholars suggest Magdalene may well be an honorific from the Hebrew and Aramaic words meaning ‘tower’ or ‘magnify.’

Evangelicals a rising force inside Argentine prisons

By Rodrigo Abd and German De Los Santos — December 28, 2021
ROSARIO, Argentina (AP) — The loud noise from the opening of an iron door marks Jorge Anguilante’s exit from the Pinero prison every Saturday. He heads home for 24 hours to minister at a small evangelical church he started in a garage in Argentina’s most violent city. Before he walks through the door, guards remove […]

Exceptions for ‘Jewish tourism’ rankle US Christians blocked from Israel at Christmas

By Yonat Shimron and Michele Chabin — December 21, 2021
(RNS) — Birthright Israel delegations and similar Jewish travel programs were exempted from a travel ban that has canceled Christian trips to Israel at Christmas.

Bruxy Cavey, pastor of one of Canada’s largest churches, accused of sexual misconduct

By Yonat Shimron — December 8, 2021
(RNS) — Cavey, who grew The Meeting House into a megachurch with some 5,000 people attending 19 campuses in the larger Toronto metropolitan area, was accused of sexual misconduct and placed on leave.

Brazil’s senate OKs evangelical Bolsonaro ally to top court

By Mauricio Savarese — December 2, 2021
Mendonça had been waiting for approval since July 13, but disagreements between Bolsonaro's administration and a key senator stalled the proceedings for months.

There’s fanfiction for everything — even the Bible

By Nidhi Upadhyaya — November 29, 2021
(RNS) — Staples of the genre span from discussions of heaven and hell to erotica featuring biblical characters.
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